Every February we celebrate Black History Month—a time to reflect, celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans. What was originally “Negro History Week,” turned into a month-long celebration of Black history because DUH! Black is beautiful, courageous, inspiring and so many other adjectives that I don’t have room to list. Before I start bragging about my heritage, here’s how you can observe the month in Birmingham and around Alabama.Continue reading “How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities”
Everywhere you look, Birmingham presents each viewer with some form of art, whether it’s a colorful mural with an empowering message or a sculpture paying tribute to a significant time. Take a tour with us to discover six diverse public art installations throughout the city.Continue reading “Take a tour of 6 public art installations in Birmingham”
Welcome to the Bham Now Guide to Birmingham statues. This edition features statues honoring people.
Forty years ago this October, a dedicated group of neighborhood leaders banded together to preserve a small patch of land on the slope of Ruffner Mountain in east Birmingham. Continue reading “Celebrate and support Birmingham area parks and green spaces”
Hundreds of Birmingham women, men and children are on their way to our nation’s capitol for the Women’s March on Washington, tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. Whether by car, plane, bus, with personal funds or on scholarship, they’re all packed and headed out to make a stand for their beliefs in women’s rights.
We Birmingham women are not known for being shy, despite our sweet, southern reputation. Some, including Republicans and Democrats alike, are stepping out (literally) for their voice to be heard, on how they think women should be treated.
Local women who are headed to the Women’s March On Washington on January 21st met at Saturn Saturday afternoon to make signs for the protest. Under a colorful parachute, paint, glue and glitter were crafted into messages from the heart…messages of concern about women and minorities.
Three women explain in their own words, their motivations for marching, their expectations, and how they’ll get to the Washington, D.C. event.
For 16 years, the citizens of Birmingham have been celebrating MLK Jr. Day by spending the day volunteering – “giving back” – to their community.
Hands on Birmingham is organizing events throughout the community.
Visit their website today and make MLK Jr. Day a day of service and “building up” our great community.
This week in Alabama, two prominent places in U.S. history will be a step closer to becoming National Parks.
On Thursday, October 27th, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell will be conducting two public hearings to consider designating both Freedom Riders Park in Anniston and the Birmingham Civil Rights District as National Parks.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, Birmingham residents will march from the A.G. Gaston Motel to Kelly Ingram Park on Sunday, August 28th at 6:00pm. The march hopes to garner support for legislation that would create a Civil Rights National Park in the city known most for its crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement.
There will also be a performance by soul artist, Ledisi, at Kelly Ingram Park.
Learn more and register for the event here.